Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu


Identifies as: Clan - Gumatj, Moeity - Yirritja
Language Group: Dhuwalandja



I am a Gumatj man. When I was a little boy I lived with my family in Buymarr, which is a beautiful peaceful homeland on the beach approximately 100kms from Yirrkala. It was here that my family taught me about the land and the sea and how to hunt, gather and prepare food. In those early years my mother, aunties and grandmother also taught me Yolŋu sign language. I moved to Yirrkala when I was 7 years old to start school, but I return to Buymarr often, I love it there. These photos give you a glimpse of my relaxed homeland of Buymarr and also of some other places I visited often as a child to hunt, gather and play with friends and family.

Artist bio


Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu has been deaf since birth and overcome many barriers. As soon as he graduated Year 12 in 2015 he was eager to commence employment at The Mulka Project as a filmmaker. In 2017 Gutiŋarra produced a film for NITV titled Gutiŋarra Djälkiri, which focused on his first language, Yolŋu sign language. In that same year he also produced a collaborative video piece for Tarnanthi 2018, titled Yuta Mulkurr and his film Maykarran was a finalist in the 2018 Digital Portraiture Awards. In 2019 Gutiŋarra was awarded the NATSIAA Multimedia Award for his 6k filmwork Gurruṯu mi’ mala (My Connections) which demonstrates his connections to his people and his country through the Yolŋu kinship-system of gurruṯu. In this artwork he reveals his position in the world of gurruṯu through his first language, barrkuŋu waŋa (language from a distance) Yolŋu sign language. This film was later exhibited at Tarnanthi 2019 and received great interest due to the fascinating concept underlying this art piece. 2019 was an exceptional year for Gutiŋarra as he was also a finalist for the NT Young Australian of the Year Awards. In early 2020 Gutiŋarra completed a collaborative piece with the Mulka team called Wata'mi Manikay for the Sydney Biennale NIRIN exhibition, which was launched at AGNSW on the 14th of March. In August he was a finalist in the 2020 NATSIAA Art Awards for his digital art piece Bäru Minytji.




Buymarr home. Welcome!
My homeland family, on the beach



This is the buku, the high place used to look out over Buymarr. This is my gathu, on the way up we saw a bäpi (snake).



The salt water in Buymarr is so clear, you can see the fish swimming through the water. We swim, hunt guya (fish) and gather maypal (shellfish) here.

After hunting we come back, to eat. My Ŋamala (mum) is making damper in this photo, and in the background there is a rockpool I swam in when I was a little boy.



This is miyapuŋu (sea turtle) and a giant clam caught at my homeland Buymarr, on the fire for everyone to eat. Marrkap!


Gurtha (Fire)
I was sleeping in my tent when I woke up and realised fire was burning. This is the burning season



Me and my gaminyarr (granddaughter). She is learning to walk.




This is Ganirri‘mirri also called Shady Beach because of the shade of the many Ganirri, (beauty leaf) trees. The island across the water is called Barrpira. This is the flower of the yukuwa yam.


It is guku (honey) season.
When we see the dawurr, (the home of the bees) we know there is guku. We cut down the tree and out flows the sweet taste.



We swim here in Dhaliny River. We use the rope to swing into the water from the other side.



This is Yambirrpa. It is one of the fish traps Yolŋu use. There is a gap in the rock wall so that when the high tide comes in, the fish come in. As the high tide goes out, the fish are trapped and we catch them.


Past Actions

01 Mar - 07 Mar 2021

Seini F Taumoepeau

22 Feb - 28 Feb 2021

Dani Marti

15 Feb - 21 Feb 2021

Lill Colgan & Sab D'Souza

08 Feb - 14 Feb 2021

Chris Yee

01 Feb - 07 Feb 2021

Rochelle Haley

25 Jan - 31 Jan 2021

Karrabing Film Collective

18 Jan - 24 Jan 2021

Nici Cumpston

11 Jan - 17 Jan 2021

Johnathon World Peace Bush

07 Dec - 13 Dec 2020


30 Nov - 06 Dec 2020

Raquel Ormella

23 Nov - 29 Nov 2020

Léuli Eshrāghi

16 Nov - 22 Nov 2020

Rolande Souliere

09 Nov - 15 Nov 2020

TV Moore

02 Nov - 08 Nov 2020

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

26 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

Ivey Wawn

19 Oct - 25 Oct 2020

Naomi Blacklock

12 Oct - 18 Oct 2020

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

05 Oct - 11 Oct 2020

Yhonnie Scarce

28 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

Ruha Fifita

21 Sep - 27 Sep 2020

Kaylene Whiskey

14 Sep - 20 Sep 2020

Adam Linder

07 Sep - 13 Sep 2020

Archie Barry

31 Aug - 06 Sep 2020

Min Wong

24 Aug - 30 Aug 2020

Hayley Millar-Baker

17 Aug - 23 Aug 2020

Erin Coates

10 Aug - 16 Aug 2020

Diego Bonetto

03 Aug - 09 Aug 2020

Tyza Stewart

27 Jul - 02 Aug 2020

Larissa Hjorth

20 Jul - 26 Jul 2020

Louise Zhang

13 Jul - 19 Jul 2020

Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh)

06 Jul - 12 Jul 2020


29 Jun - 05 Jul 2020

Rainbow Chan

22 Jun - 28 Jun 2020

Jason Phu

15 Jun - 21 Jun 2020

Abdul Abdullah

08 Jun - 14 Jun 2020

Patricia Piccinini

01 Jun - 07 Jun 2020

Brook Andrew

25 May - 31 May 2020


18 May - 24 May 2020

James Tylor